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[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

i was with T Mobile for over 10 years and have been traveling the country for work longer than that. At one time t mobile had service everywhere, hut in the last 3 years they keep losing coverage in areas I used to always have service. Even to the point where I no longer had service at my house.

Whenever my truck broke down, I had no service when I checked to see who was available verizon was there. Going through wyoming t mobile was no where to be found.

during a break down last summer and having to walk 5 miles to make a phone call I switched to verizon and havent had any issues since.

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[–] ToFat2Fish [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yea ill probably bite the bullet and get Verizon, it's expensive but most likely a worthy investment if I'm going to be traveling across America. Do you have any experience with at&ts coverage.

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[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

just like sprint or boost mobile they're best if you're staying inside major cities.

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[–] ToFat2Fish [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

thanks for your input version does seem like a best bet to bad there so much more damn expensive

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[–] squarebush 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Not a trucker, but I sold cell phones for a while and know a fair bit about the networks and such.

As far as coverage goes, Verizon is pretty far ahead in both 3 and 4G networks, their commercials do not lie. However, they will throttle you if you are a big data user - otherwise network quality is fairly consistent throughout.

AT&T is a relatively close second in terms of coverage , and I would even rate the quality of their network above Verizon's in terms of speed.

Sprint has a solid network when on 4g, but their coverage is pretty lacking in my neck of the woods and elsewhere.

Finally T Mobile is your solid mediocre-to-good coverage and network - their main draw is the lower price point. Their capabilities also seem to be improving quite rapidly over time, especially in the last few years so I'm not entirely sure.

All "secondary" carriers (StraightTalk, Cricket, so on) just use one, or a combination of these major networks so thats up to you.

As for hotspots, the same rules for cell coverage apply. Your main concern here is how badly you need the connectivity, and how much data you use (and therefore how much you need to pay for). Price is your guiding factor. As far as I know T-Mobile still does a fairly cheap unlimited data plan for hotspots.

Overall I would guess that all of the major four have pretty comparable coverage over all of our major highways, but this is where personal experience will help you most - of which I have very little. Personally I have Sprint, and as far as I know, I get usable 4G from Mass down to Virginia. This is all through populated areas so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

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[–] InfidelAl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm not a trucker. In fact I don't travel much. I'm on T-Mobile and I love it. Having said that, if I was considering trucking, I'd go Verizon for sure. The speeds aren't fantastic, it's a little expensive but you can't beat the coverage.